05 May

Portuguese Nyassa Company

Nyassa 1901 exhibitJohn Dahl has kindly made available to PPS members his five frame exhibit on the Nyassa Company, to be shown at LONDON 2015 next week. The exhibit received Large Gold at LUBRAPEX 2009 in Évora, Gold at STAMPEX 2010 in London and Large Vermeil at JOBURG 2010 in Johannesburg.

Nyassa 19th century exhibitFor LONDON 2015, John has ditched the first frame, with 19th century stamps and covers, and added a new fifth frame about the 1918 local surcharges on the 1901 issue. In this way, the exhibit became more coherent, dealing only with the “Camels and Giraffe” issue, the new frame confirming the conclusions of the first four frames as to which printings were sent Nyassa for postal use. John writes:

“Over 50 years’ fascination and original research has finally revealed the surprising secrets of this seemingly common issue, that was the pride of every schoolboy’s collection.  As well as unique Die Proofs this 5-frame exhibit details the Waterlow & Sons recess printing method.  Based on the Waterlow archive, containing some 180 complete sheets, plating studies have revealed that 7 printings of the 1901 issue were made, including two reprints in 1922.  Well over 90% of the stamps printed were never sent to Nyassa, but outlet onto the philatelic market in London, including the two printings with inverted centres.  Nearly all ‘used’ examples were cancelled to order in London; indeed genuinely used examples (if you can recognise them!) are much rarer than their catalogue value suggests.  The rare covers have provided vital evidence in determining the printings which were sent out to Nyassa for postal use.”

Click on the images to see the plans of the exhibit and of its original first frame with 19th century material. The LONDON 2015 exhibit Read More

19 Apr

2015 Society Cup winner

Imposto PostalArmando Teixeira da Rede and Isabel Vieira won the 2015 PPS Society Cup, awarded to postal history exhibits, with their single frame on “Stamps from the Islands and Colonies used in Mainland Portugal”. This exhibit has been also shown at Ateneu Comercial do Porto – Troféu Armando Vieira in 2014. Click on the image to see the bi-lingual introduction and plan of the exhibit. Armando and Isabel kindly made the full exhibit available to PPS members.

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18 Apr

Bulletins Index

The index of the over 1000 articles in bulletins 1-185 is now available online as a spreadsheet, to make it easy to sort articles by country, subject, author or issue, and to search for specific words in the article’s title. Finally, you can use the ‘Download as’ option in the ‘File’ menu to copy the spreadsheet to your computer in a variety of formats. To obtain past bulletins please contact the Editor.

16 Mar

Azores Postal Rates 1910-1940

Azores Postal RatesPPS member John Dahl is selling his collection of Azores Postal History at Ateneu’s forthcoming 61st auction. The collection is documented in three articles he wrote for the PPS bulletin. Click on the image on the right to read them. Note that due to the file size it may take some time for pages to appear.

11 Mar

Sample bulletin

Bulletin 183Bulletin 183, from October 2008, is now freely available as a sample issue, representative of the content and structure of current bulletins. Click on the image to view the issue. As you scroll down, it may take a while for individual pages to become visible.

Note that some pages were removed to reduce the file’s size and to preserve the society officer’s privacy.

07 Feb

Auction 2015

Our auctioneer, Roger Lawson, has put together the catalogue of this year’s auction. The auction will take place on March 7th, after the AGM. If you can’t attend, you may submit your bids (in British pounds) via the form below, which will be e-mailed to Roger. The form will be was removed on March 3rd.

Only PPS members can bid for lots, but there’s still time to become a member.

In the slideshows below, leave your mouse cursor on the centre of the slideshow to see the lot number corresponding to each image. To see an image in larger resolution, pause the slideshow at that image, then right-click and choose the option to open the image in a new browser tab or save it to your disk.


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Madeira and Azores

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Congo, Cape Verde, Guinea

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India and Macao

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Mozambique et al.

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São Tomé and Timor

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31 Jan

Vianna 2014 awards

Congratulations to our members Luís Barreiros, Bento Dias, Luís Frazão, Claudino Pereira, Manuel Lima Torres, and Isabel Vieira, for winning 4 Large Gold, 5 Gold and 6 Silver-gilt awards at the last National Philatelic Exhibition! The exhibits’ themes included the pre-stamp period, classic issues, maritime mail, Mozambique railway mail, Portuguese India, and WW I. The detailed list of the exhibits and awards is in this month’s bulletin.

25 Jan

Bulletin 208

Bulletin 208The January bulletin will be soon on its way to members. It contains 3 inserts: a postcard advertising Westpex 2015, information on the forthcoming PPS auction, and the voting form for the George Pearson Literature Prize, which you can also fill online further below. The bulletin’s content is:

  • President’s Message & An Unusual 1939 UK cover by Steve Washburne
  • CCCC Member Request by George Wu
  • Editor’s Desk by Ron van der Holt
  • Patience and Observation Rewarded by Ron van der Holt
  • Viana do Castelo Report by John Swan
  • Our Website by Michel Wermelinger
  • Research Query by Gerhard Lang
  • Postage Due Stamps of Portuguese India by Dave Davies
  • Forthcoming Events, Exhibitions and Auctions